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Custodial Sentences

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

11. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of custodial sentences. (127800)

The report ‘Re-offending of adults: results from the 2003 cohort’ shows that for this cohort the two-year re-offending rate for adults is 57.6 per cent.—2.3 per cent. below the predicted rate calculated from the 2000 baseline. For custodial sentences it is 65.8 per cent. which is higher than for non-custodial sentences at 53.4 per cent. though the disposal given depends upon the characteristics of the offender which will also affect the chances of re-offending.